Midlothian tie up Triples title at Senior Champs

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Midlothian IBC captured one national title in the Seniors Championships played at Cumbernauld with Lindsey Plenderleith skipping Tom Cropley and Richard Rattray to glory in the Triples.

Plenderleith and Co claimed their place in the final by beating Ardrossan’s Bill Chisholm, Martin Kostiguvs and Neil Gillies 14-12 in the semis.

The final pitched Midlothian against the Garioch trio of Jim Bruce, Charlie Ligertwood and Bruce Middleton, who had scored an impressive 16-8 win over Whiteinch in their semi-final. Midlothian pressed home their early advantage to establish a 14-3 supremacy after nine ends and, although dropping a couple of 2’s and a 4 over the six-end run-in, they were still operating in a comfort zone and triumphed 18-11.

Meanwhile, Midlothian’s Kenny Malcolm and Alex Cox enjoyed a commanding 20-8 win over Galleon’s Gilbert Trousdale and Alastair Todd in the semi-finals of the Pairs.

However, major drama on the opening end of the final saw them drop seven shots to Gordon Brown and Jim Douglas of Aberdeen. Although they fought back briefly, Malcolm and Cox went on to lose 24-15.

Martin Murray of Glasgow captured the Singles title with a 21-18 win over Ian Murray of Turriff while Falkirk edged the Fours 13-12 against Ardrossan.

• EAST LOTHIAN IBC launched their campaign to win the gents Scottish cup for a seventh time with a massive 58-shot win (119-61) over first-round opponents Forfar at East Fife. West Lothian, meanwhile, powered to a 38-shot win (101-63) over Fraserburgh at Forfar.

• PLAY in the gents singles championship at East Lothian IBC is at the quarter-final stage and the line-up ensures that one player at least will be competing in the final for the first time.

The new face will emerge from the top half of the draw that sees two under-25 stars in the shape of Ewan Fallen and Calum Darling going head to head, while emerging talents Paul Archibald and John Robertson meet.

Reigning club and national champion Billy Mellors and Scott Kennedy, a former winner of both, dominate the bottom half where they face Peter Fallen and Andy Burt, respectively.